Prince William County, Va., Voters Experience Long Lines Due To Higher Voter Turnout

11:56 PM, Nov 7, 2012   |    comments
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PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -  Long lines led to short tempers in parts of Virginia on Tuesday.

Roughly 20,000 more Prince William County voters cast their ballots in this election than in 2008. And that high turnout meant  long lines and short tempers.

At one polling place, voters waited in line as long as FIVE hours.

One day later, some old campaign signs remain, but the anger has subsided. In fact, those who waited in line earned the admiration of some neighbors to the north.

"I would never do that. You should vote but that's a lot of time to take out of your day. Those people are dedicated and I appreciate them voting but I never would have done that. No," said Michele Morley, a Fairfax County Voter.

"It's pretty remarkable. I have a six-year-old daughter and she had an opportunity to experience that important privilege that we have," said George Benson Cooke,  a Woodbridge voter.

Not everyone had an unpleasant experience in Prince William County.

"We got there about 6:30. We were in line for about an hour and a half in the cold, but good conversation, plenty of laughter and then she had the chance to go into the voting booth," said Cooke.

The Prince William County Board of Elections will take a look at what happened this election and consider some solutions for next time. One idea: buying more voting machines.

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